With a population of less than 8,000, La Ribera has been a delegation comprising Cabo Pulmo, La Capilla, and Santa Cruz communities since 1999. There are two options to reach La Ribera. Both take approximately 2 hours to drive. One is by taking the Transpeninsular highway, San Jose del Cabo-La Paz, which is a fantastic way to get there, spanning 107.6 km through Mexico 1. Alternatively, our favorite is the dirt road that winds along the Los Cabos municipal capital’s (La Paz) northwest coast. You will take delight in a breathtaking series of coastal landscapes.
La Ribera’s population originated with local fishermen and some ranches that were dedicated to cattle ranching and agriculture. Over time, the community expanded with the arrival of tourists, who were served by local resorts. As a result, an itinerant population segment grew in the area, thanks to the guests and staff of these resorts.
Today, both locals from other regions of Los Cabos and travelers who enjoy outdoor activities come to the delegation to relax on its peaceful beaches, snorkel, windsurf, and kite surf during winter, go sport fishing, camping, and hiking, among other activities that bring them in contact with nature.
The region is renowned for its fresh seafood products, sold at small stands that allow you to explore the local flavors. Here, you can savor dishes like honey, machaca, cheese, empanadas, tamales, and other delicacies that showcase the unique seasoning of locally prepared recipes.
This northwest drive to La Ribera from San José del Cabo is worth it. Remember to take your camera, as there will be numerous photo opportunities that you do not want to miss!